Posted by: clem0613 | March 21, 2011

Samba installed…I think…

Okay…I must admit, this project was a bit confusing. I found a few good tutorials to help me, but as the process went on, I continued to encounter more and more errors. At first the process seemed pretty simple. The tutorials were very well explained, so I opened the terminal and began the Samba installation. No problem there.

Next came the Samba file configurations. Again, this didn’t seem like it would be too difficult, as the tutorials were very clear. However, this is where I began to encounter problems with setting passwords and creating a directory. Also, I had to deal with setting file permissions, which was causing me some more problems. After quite some time, I was still going in circles trying the same commands over and over, not getting anywhere. Finally, I thought maybe I’d already done what I needed to do and should try moving on to further steps. This involved trying to access the shared folder from my Windows system. Well, this wouldn’t work for me, because I didn’t have a samba password set. Ugh!

After taking some time off from this project, I decided to explore configuring samba using a graphical interface and I discovered this tutorial:

I followed the steps on this tutorial the best I could and eventually was able to access my shared folder from my windows system. Yay! That’s the goal, right? Still confused on exactly what I’m wanting to do here. Very cool, though, as I can add, edit, or delete files in the share folder from either system.

Here are some screen shots of the folder from both systems:

Posted by: clem0613 | March 21, 2011

Drush installed!

Here’s a screenshot of some failed and successful attempts on installing modules and themes in drush:

Still trying to get the hang of this “adjusting file permissions” thing.

Found some helpful information here:

But mostly gathered info from various sites when encountering small problems.

Hope I’ve done this correctly.

Check out my new drupal site with the tweet buttons and new theme:

Posted by: clem0613 | March 8, 2011

Drupal Installed

So after installing Moodle, this seemed to make a lot more sense.  Once again, I began by downloading and uncompressing the drupal files.  Then I created a drupal database and reset file permissions, as mentioned in both of these tutorial pages:

This site helped me with creating the database, setting the file permissions, and configuring drupal (did not install XAMPP):

Another way to look at it:

Next I was able to install drupal.

Check out my drupal site:

Oh and one last thing…I think I downloaded an older version somehow, instead of Drupal 7.  Yikes!  Do you think it’s necessary to go back and redo the install with the updated version?  Not sure how that worked out for me!

Posted by: clem0613 | March 6, 2011

Moodle Installed

Check out my Moodle!

Here are the steps I followed to successfully install Moodle:

First, I downloaded Moodle from

After downloading this, I uncompressed the files and tried to place them in my /var/www folder, which is where apache looks for it’s files.  However, I kept running into permission errors.  For some reason it wouldn’t let me add the moodle folder into this folder.  Eventually, I entered gksudo nautilus (in the terminal) to add the folder in /var/www, as a root user in Nautilus.  Not sure if this was the correct way to do this, but it worked.

Next, I had to create a database for Moodle, which I did following the directions on this website:

Scrolll down to where it says “Create the MySQL database.  I went in to phpMyAdmin and followed the directions, no problems.


Next, I created my moodledata folder following the directions on this same page.  During this process, I had to adjust some of the file permissions by right-clicking on the file, select properties, then permissions.

Then, I was ready to begin the Moodle install, which again, I just followed the intructions on this same site.  During the “Server Check” phase, you will need to install a few files before moving on.  Once the server check was complete, the moodle installation is confirmed and then you can begin using Moodle!

Not sure if I’ve done this correctly, so please let me know if you find any errors.




Posted by: clem0613 | February 20, 2011

Finally – phpMyAdmin page!

This has really had me frustrated over the past week!  I could not figure out how to access the phpMyAdmin page.  Every time I put in ‘root’ for the username plus my password, it would not let me in.  Ugh!!!

I really appreciate Dan’s help, as he first told me about root being the default username (which I hadn’t seen anywhere).  After that didn’t work for me, he shared a nice tutorial with me about resetting the mysql password.  Okay, I figured this should do the trick.  However, towards the end of this password resetting process, I began to get errors that said ‘bash syntax error near unexpected token…’.  Great!  I’m ready to toss this thing and start all over!  Were one of my mysql files corrupted???  I had no idea where to begin, so I took a couple of nights off from the frustration.

This morning, I tackled the problem, once again hoping for more positive results.  First, I googled the error I kept getting on the login page, which was ‘connection for controluser as defined in your configuration failed’.  The search returned a number of forums where people were experiencing the same problems.  Before weeding through these sites to see which one matched my exact problem, I read through a lamp installation tutorial to see if I missed something during the installation process.  I noticed on one site something about verifying that the correct bind address is set up in MySQL’s my.cnf file.

I don’t remember doing that, so may I’ll try that first.  Well, after editing my.cnf file, I still wasn’t able to get into phpMyAdmin.

Back to my google results on the login page error.  I came across a post in an ubuntu forum about this exact same error.

So, I went into file, made the suggested edits, saved and closed the file.  Back to the phpmyadmin login page…

drumroll please….

using root as the username…

more drumroll…

ta da!!!  I think this is the screen I’ve been waiting to see.  Please let me know if something looks wrong with this.

Thanks again for your help Dan!

Posted by: clem0613 | February 18, 2011

I’ve got my mp3’s!

I first decided to get my itunes on Ubuntu, so I installed Banshee for my media player.  I saw that Banshee supports itouch/iphone devices.

Then, for a music editor, I went ahead and installed audacity.  Through a little research on Audacity in Ubuntu, I discovered that I’d also need to install an mp3 encoding library package (libmp3lame0).  I installed this through synaptic package manager.  Once in audacity, I followed a tutorial that took me into Edit>Preferences>Libraries to locate the LAME package and an ffmpeg library version.  After doing this, I was able to import and export my mp3’s.  Still not sure I understand all of this, but I think it works.


Here’s a screenshot from Banshee with some of my itunes already copied to the library:

And here’s my goofy sounding mp3:

Posted by: clem0613 | February 16, 2011

LAMP project incomplete…

Okay, help me out please!  I’ve installed LAMP and was able to access my test php page:

However, when I went to access my phpMyAdmin page, it asked me for a username and password.  Okay, I remember setting a password, but did I also set a username?  Unfortunately, I didn’t write it down (must’ve been a password I knew I’d remember…haha).  So here’s the closest I’m getting to that magical phpMyAdmin page:


Am I going to have to uninstall MySQL and start all over?  Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated!


Posted by: clem0613 | February 10, 2011

Installing software 3 ways

Ubuntu Software Center

You can search for and install software by simply going to Applications>Ubuntu Software Center.  Once here, you can browse software by departments, “featured”, or “What’s new”.  If you know the name of an application you’re looking for, you can perform a search.  Once you find a program of interest, you simply click “install” and the program is then installed.  Here are some screenshots from my recent installations:


Synaptic Package Manager

Another way to install software is through the synaptic package manager.  You can access this with System>Administration>Synaptic Package Manager.  You will be asked to enter your password, before being granted access.  Once you’re in the synaptic package manager, you can search for the program name, then select name and click “Mark for Installation” (or Removal if wanting to remove program).

Next, you click Apply and the selected software will be installed.  Here are some screenshots of me installing Edubuntu (Preschool Package):


“apt-get” Command

A third way to install applications is through the terminal using the “apt-get install {package}” command.  This is how I installed the apache2 server.  At the terminal prompt, I typed the command “sudo apt-get install apache2”.



Posted by: clem0613 | February 10, 2011


Okay, now that I have my server set up, I needed to get a real name for my site rather than directing folks to my ip address.  Of course, I was a bit clueless on how to do this so… I visited google once again.  I found a simple tutorial that took me through the steps of setting up my new Dynamic DNS address through  It also explained how to add my DDNS details to my router.

So, in the end I now have a name for my server webpage!

Check it out…

Again, hoping this works for everyone.  Let me know if you see any problems.

Posted by: clem0613 | February 9, 2011

Install LibreOffice

After doing a little research on what might be the best way to install LibreOffice, I decided to follow the steps on this tutorial:

However, I did not remove Open Office first.  I just decided to install the new software before removing the old one.  Not sure if it really mattered.  Anyway, after following these installation steps, I now have LibreOffice installed!

I’ve started exploring some of the applications…even started a presentation in LibreOffice Impress…

I did notice that Open Office is no longer in my applications menu.  It’s all LibreOffice now.  Did I somehow already remove it?  Or do I still need to go in and uninstall the program?  Hmmm….

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